Post # 1
(I’m apparently a dope and can’t figure how to delete my post!)
Oh my! My first time posting to any type of boards that are pregnancy related.
I’m feeling a little like I’m in the land of the unknown with all the thoughts about what I should do before we start TTC and the actual pregnancy.
I’ve been on the BCP for about eight years now, and I talked to my doctor last year about when I should get off–she told me about three months before we actually start TTC. But…I’m kind of thinking that maybe I should get off sooner? What did you guys end up doing? Three months? Four months? More?
Next year will be my first year of teaching, so we’re really going to hope all of our hopes on getting pregnant in late July/August so I’ll be due near the end of the school year. I want to try to give myself the absolute best chance at getting that little baby growing in me by the time we’re hoping for.
Which brings me to diet…did you change anything before you started TTC?
What about exercise? I’m fairly healthy/in shape (5’10″/130ish lbs).
Goodness! I’m sorry to bombard with a million questions–I’m just so anxious/nervous/excited–and I don’t have anyone to talk to about in my life that is experienced. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
Three months should be adequate but it’s entirely up to you. I was on the pill for around 8 years as well. I stopped in April of last year and my cycles stayed pretty regular. We started trying in July and conceived in August. I didn’t make any lifestyle changes, but again it’s personal preference. You’ll probably want to start taking a prenatal vitamin when you stop the pill. Best of luck!
Post # 4
@iheartnerds: Ah! What you guys did is exactly what we’re thinking about doing. I’m kind of thinking about dropping the pill after this pack. I’m kind of anxious to see what I’ll feel like not being on it anymore.
And I’m guessing you just bought the pretnatal vitamins OTC? Or did you go prescription…is there even a difference?
Post # 5
@Peffy: I’ve been on the BCP for years, and just stopped last month. We’re TTC now, but we’ll see how things go (who knows if my ovaries even work anymore??). I just think that if we’re not contracepting, we’re TTC (because we’re certainly not preventing anything). I started taking OTC prenatals (they’re the same, just look for folic acid mainly, but they’re all the same +/- iron and calcium). So we’ll see what happens.
Post # 6
@Peffy: I bought my prenatals at GNC because my doctor recommended I take ones without iron. I don’t think there’s much of a difference between prescription and OTC.
Post # 7
@Peffy: My GYN suggested three months, too, but I gave myself around six months just to make sure my cycles regulated and I could begin charting and figuring out when I was ovulating. Luckily my cycles came back regularly right away. I suggest getting the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” when you go off BCP so you can start understanding more about your cycles.
Diet wise, I just started taking a prenatal and being more conscious to eat healthy as often as possible, cut down/out caffeine, etc. Exercise, I have been a pretty regular exerciser but started running more since I’ve heard you can only continue it during pregnancy if you already have an established routine, and I want to continue exercising throughout my pregnancy so I amped up my exercise.
Post # 8
@ZoeyGirl: I forgot to put in there that we plan to use other forms of protection until July…so we’re not quite to TTC, but getting closer! I’m going to have to venture out and get prenatals. Good luck to you too!!
@ZoeyGirl: Oh! I’m so excited that you mentioned the ones without iron. Last year I took them (better hair/nails, not for reproductive reasons)–but the iron was just too much for me. It made me pretty sick. I’m glad to know they have ones without it! Thanks!
@maggierose: Yeh, I was thinking three months sounded okay but because I’m a total worrier I was thinking a longer period of time couldn’t hurt. And thanks for the book recommendation, I’m definitely going to have to check that out. I’ve heard the same thing about exercising. I definitely need to get myself into a routine. I work out a few times a week, but no on where near an actual routine.